Ulrike Schulze is interested in architecture in the sense of its suggestive effect on humans. A non-verbal medium that reflects and shapes social relationships. She transfers this view into her artistic work and describes it herself as ’speechless self-evidence‘. Thus her works become subtle monumental buildings or weirdly present beings, which have their own ways of life displayed within the built material. A balancing act between grace, aggression, fragility and rudeness. In their abstract appearing shapes one can find a certain beingness, an introspective figure standing in stillness. Points of reference and reflection for the artist are manifold. Influences and insiprations may be 80’s street fashion, beloved artworks, 70’s pottery or a sentence in a book.
She is the first recipient of the Ehrenhof Preis awarded by Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf as well as the recipient of the Friedrich-Vordemberge-Stipend of the City of Cologne.